People & Community

Topper Boys Soccer Team Topples Santa Fe Demons

Isaac Ortega celebrates his goal with Samuel Cirigliano as the rejected defenseman Evan Eadie looks rejected. Photo by John McHale/

Aaron Phillip takes control of the ball from Silas Ropp. Photo by John McHale/

Sam Cirigliano kicks the ball past goaltender Ethan Ernest for the second goal for the Toppers. Photo by John McHale/


The Los Alamos Topper Boys Soccer team toppled the Santa Fe Demons 4-1 in a contest played Monday evening on Sullivan Field.

In the first half the defense of both teams kept the ball out of the net for a scoreless

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Los Alamos High School Graduate Elizabeth Hjelvik Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation Award

2014 LAHS graduate Elizabeth Hjelvik is a recipient of the 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award. Courtesy photo


Elizabeth Hjelvik, a 2014 graduate of Los Alamos High School, is a recipient of the 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award, which will cover all living and academic costs for a three year period.

Hjelvik is a graduate student within the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

In addition to her award, the University

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LAPS Announces Virtual Kindergarten Round-Up April 7

LAPS News:

All Los Alamos elementary schools will host a Virtual Kindergarten Round-Up starting at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 7. Click here for more information and links to attend the meeting. 

Children who will turn age 5 by Sept. 1, 2021 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year and are invited to attend Kindergarten Round-Up with their parents.

This is an opportunity for families to get an idea of what to expect for kindergarten.

At the Round-Up, prospective students and families will get to meet kindergarten teachers, principals, school nurses, school counselors

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LAPD Receives Funding For 2021 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Support Walk & Resource Fair

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Department Receives Community Awareness Project Funding For 2021 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

The Los Alamos Police Department has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the 2021 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The awarded funding will be used to coordinate the LAVA (Los Alamos Victim Assistant)

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Zia Credit Union Employees Donate $1,045 To United Way!

Zia Credit Union employees collected $1,045 through the Zia CU Employee Giving Campaign and donated all of it to the United Way of Northern New Mexico. Employees gathered for a check presentation Monday morning at Zia CU at 1001 Central Ave., from left, Valerie Martinez, Robert Valerio, Baby Matousek and Natalia Tretiak and United Way Executive Director Cindy Padilla. Photo by John McHale/ 

About ZIA CU

In 1955, a group of approximately 200 individuals from Zia Company, support contractors for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, organized and founded Zia Credit Union as

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PAC 8 Community Media Center: March 26-April 1

PAC 8 News:

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, PAC 8 Community Media Center is available by appointment for recording events, transferring of old media, shooting and editing and pick-up and drop-off of videos and other items.

For information, email, call 505.662.7228 or visit

PAC 8 Television schedule for March 26 through April 1:

Friday, March 26, 2021

  • 6 a.m. — Democracy Now! – Live
  • 10 a.m. — The Tom Hartman Program
  • 11 a.m. — County Council Meeting Replay 
  • 2:45 p.m. — Meet the Farmers
  • 3 p.m. — Democracy Now!
  • 4 p.m. — Rising Up with Somali
  • 5 p.m. — PAC PAGES –

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Another Season Comes To A Close At Pajarito Ski Hill

Pajarito Ski Hill is now closed for the season. Courtesy/Pajarito

Pajarito Ski Hill

Another season comes to a close…

With high temps, spring has sprung, and Pajarito closes out the 2020/2021 season.

We are so grateful to have the opportunity to give our guests the opportunity to ski our beloved mountain. This year has brought many challenges, from COVID-19 to drought-like conditions.

I’d like to take the time to thank all of our loyal passholders and guests for their continued support, and the few powder days we shared were awesome!

Thanks, too, to the mountain operations and

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La Vista Church Hosts Easter Sensory Experience April 4

La Vista Church News:

Experience the Easter story like never before … La Vista Church of the Nazarene in White Rock is hosting an Easter Sensory Experience 1-4 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 4.

Move through interactive sensory stations with one’s family or a group of 12 or fewer at one’s own pace. Experience stations that engage the senses of smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch, and connect children and adults alike to the events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

After completing all 13 stations, participants may use the outdoor space at the church to reflect

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Los Alamos High School Topper XC Boys And Girls Teams Both Achieve Perfect Scores At District Championship!

District Champion ’Topper Boys with a perfect score! From left, Ryan Aldaz, Keith Bridge, Rafael Sanchez and Wakei Hettinga. The Topper boys led the race as a pack from the start. Photo by Blake Wood

District Champion ’Topper Girls with a perfect score! From left, sophomore Emma Montoya, junior Norissa Valdez, senior Hannah Gartz, sophomore Hailey McDowell, and senior Mabel Pyle. Photo by Blake Wood 


Both the Los Alamos High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams achieved a perfect score at Friday’s District Championship at the Los Alamos Golf Course, placing all five of their

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Canyon Rim Trail Underpass Construction Begins March 29


Beginning Monday March 29, crews with AUI, Inc. of Albuquerque will begin work to construct the Canyon Rim Trail Underpass.

The project includes extension of the 10-ft. wide hard surface trail connecting the terminus of the

Canyon Rim Trail and existing trailhead to Entrada Drive beneath N.M. 502 via a reinforced concrete box structure.

Due to the amount of construction activity that includes trenching, excavation and utility relocation near the trailhead, the trailhead parking lot and a 100-ft. section of the trail near the trailhead will be closed for safety.

During this first

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More Community Asset Award Nominees Announced

Community Asset Award Nominees Linda Sanders and her grandchildren David, Sarah and Emily. Courtesy photo

Champions of Youth Ambitions

There has never been a year like 2020, where doing something for others had so much meaning.

Community Asset Award Nominees Linda Sanders of Los Alamos and her grandchildren have been making a difference for seniors throughout the pandemic and continue to do so often.

David, 11, Sarah, 8, and Emily, 5, have created cards, sent jokes, created flowers, butterflies and book marks to brighten the day for many, many seniors throughout the

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